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Public Notice: FINAL WORK PERMITS TO BE UPHELD

Public Notice

 

FINAL WORK PERMITS TO BE UPHELD

 

The Department of Employment Services in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment hereby advises the general public that persons in receipt of work permits with the "Final Work Permit" notation on same will not be eligible for consideration for renewal of their work permits, as was done in the past.

 

This measure is a part of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment's ongoing efforts to regularize migrant employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. While it is not a new policy directive, it is one that was largely not enforced over the years. This renewed focus will ensure that persons on final work permits are transitioned out of the roles that are being understudied by, or otherwise attainable by, Turks and Caicos Islanders. This will also provide the Ministry with a greater measure of control over the ability of migrants to acquire eligibility for other residency and citizenship status. 

 

The Department hereby further advises employers that there will be increased inspections of establishments throughout the country to ensure that all employment activities are in keeping with the Immigration and Employment laws, and further to ensure that employers are actively engaged in the recruitment, training, and promotion of Turks and Caicos Islanders who are qualified to hold positions that are currently filled by migrant workers.

 

Persons are encouraged to report any known or suspected activities of unlawful employment to the Employment Services Department or to the Immigration Department by calling (649) 232-3018.

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Oncology Specialist Visits the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr Armando Sardi to the TCI this week. Dr Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist. Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation. Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.

The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI. Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer. The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years.

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.
  • Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.
  • The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.

Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.  Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:Avoiding the use of tobacco containing products

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables
  • Engaging in regular physical activity at least three times a week
  • Reducing alcohol use

Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally. The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;

  1. Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action plan
  2. Promoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier lives
  3. Development of National Cancer Screening Guidelines
  4. Developed the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016
  5. Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.

The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.

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